Emas scheme slips into the doldrums

Number of Emas registrations in steady decline as ISO 14001 continues to power ahead

The EU's Emas scheme for environmental management is slipping backwards despite an overhaul last year that was meant to increase its attractiveness and moves by European governments to draw firms in through incentives. Meanwhile, the international ISO 14001 environmental management standard - regarded by the EU as Emas's poor cousin - is continuing to expand rapidly.

After the launch of Emas in 1995, the number of registered industrial sites rose constantly to a peak of 3,912 in December 2001. Since last year's Emas revision, the overall numbers have been boosted by the addition of non-industrial organisations including public sector bodies (EED 24/04/01).

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